MBA Programs for Southeast

Hi everyone,

I was wondering if I am planning on staying in the southeast am I better off opting for regional MBA programs such as Duke, UVA, Emory, and UNC or would I still be best served by aiming for M7 + Tuck, Yale, NYU, Ross, and Cornell?

Also I was wondering what is the value of an MBA in industries such as Corp. Finance and Corporate/Commercial banking? A lot of guys in high finance discuss the opportunity cost of MBA but for more long-term career oriented industries is an MBA necessary to maintain career progression?

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Jan 19, 2013

Why on earth would you apply to Ross and stern over darden an Fuqua if you want to work in the southeast

Jan 19, 2013

M7 will open doors of course, but if you're planning to stay in the southeast, take a long look at Darden and Fuqua...they're regional powerhouses.

Jan 19, 2013

Duke, UVA, Vandy, Emory will all serve you well.

Jan 19, 2013

Ross, Cornell and Stern are out of the region and are no better than Darden and Fuqua. M7+Tuck would all be good choices. Also take a look at UNC Kenan-Flagler, what are your stats like? Are you looking only at commercial banking/corp fin or IB as well? In corp fin and commercial banking the MBA is useful, especially for getting into rotational/leadership development programs.

Jan 19, 2013

Stats are Emory BBA with 3.8, distinction. Joined a CB analyst program with a BB out of UG. For long term I would like to stay in corporate lending and perhaps leadership in F500 CF (VP+ level). I have family in the southeast and enjoy the weather/quality of life/COL and would prefer to be here long term.

Would a M7+Tuck add much value above Duke/UVA/UNC/Emory. I don't believe I would benefit as much from the HBS case method so might have to rule UVA out and not sure how much value a 2nd degree from Emory would add. I'd mainly want an MBA to not preclude my career advancement.

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Jan 19, 2013
n1cktm:

Stats are Emory BBA with 3.8, distinction. Joined a CB analyst program with a BB out of UG. For long term I would like to stay in corporate lending and perhaps leadership in F500 CF (VP+ level). I have family in the southeast and enjoy the weather/quality of life/COL and would prefer to be here long term.

Would a M7+Tuck add much value above Duke/UVA/UNC/Emory. I don't believe I would benefit as much from the HBS case method so might have to rule UVA out and not sure how much value a 2nd degree from Emory would add. I'd mainly want an MBA to not preclude my career advancement.

Without a GMAT, it's hard to say where you would be competitive.

Jan 19, 2013

LOL.. I'm still trying to understand how you came up with Duke & UVA being regional programs while Cornell, Ross, NYU and Yale are grouped with the M7.

Jan 19, 2013

Fair enough. Assuming I do well on the GMAT, does my undergrad & job hold me back from any schools?

The other thing is would I need the M7 if I am intent on staying in the SE and either working in corporate or commercial banking or perhaps in F500 finance or should I mainly be gunning for Duke and UVA, I'm guessing Emory = UNC for MBA.

Also at what point on the CB career path would I actually need the MBA? If things are going well and I am advancing as expected, I would not really want to leave for a 2 year MBA program just to get back to the same company/industry but with a higher position.

I also want to be really clear that I am not interested in breaking into IB/PE/HF or consulting but to stay and move up within corporate lending. Career stability in financial services is volatile, so having the ability to transition to a more stable corporate finance position if things go bad in my sector would also be valued.

Jan 19, 2013
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